14 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Young musicians shouldn't take tips from Kurt Wagner, the lead singer of Lambchop. He defies all the rules: He fronts an alt-country band based in mainstream Music City Nashville. His band boasts over twelve members onstage. He's a lead vocalist who reminds one of, well, Burl Ives. It should be a recipe for disaster, but instead, on albums such as 1996's How I Quit Smoking, Wagner and company make music that is brilliant, genre-bending, and simply gorgeous. The poppish "The Man Who Loved Beer," "Life's Little Tragedy," and "Your Life as a Sequel" aren't the noisiest nor twangiest tracks here, but they certainly are some of the best. Lambchop may very well be indie-rock's answer to the Jazz Passengers, utterly indefinable but always fun to hear.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Young musicians shouldn't take tips from Kurt Wagner, the lead singer of Lambchop. He defies all the rules: He fronts an alt-country band based in mainstream Music City Nashville. His band boasts over twelve members onstage. He's a lead vocalist who reminds one of, well, Burl Ives. It should be a recipe for disaster, but instead, on albums such as 1996's How I Quit Smoking, Wagner and company make music that is brilliant, genre-bending, and simply gorgeous. The poppish "The Man Who Loved Beer," "Life's Little Tragedy," and "Your Life as a Sequel" aren't the noisiest nor twangiest tracks here, but they certainly are some of the best. Lambchop may very well be indie-rock's answer to the Jazz Passengers, utterly indefinable but always fun to hear.

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